The paper deals with the problem of developmentally vulnerable communities
in Croatia from two points: first starting at current theoretical studies of community
development, and the other at Croatian political and legal solutions.
Community development is understood as a process and an outcome that is
reflected in the different fields of community life, and that should be sustainable
in terms of social, economic and environmental components. Former
Croatian regional policy was insufficient in relation to the theoretical framework.
Significant changes are announced by the new regional policy developed
under the influence of the European Union. Conceptually, this policy
brings following changes: comprehensive approach to the dimensions of development,
more access to process aspects, system integration into the wider
social framework, established broad social infrastructure for local issues and
strategic planning approach. However, it is possible to improve the content in
order to complete sustainable community development: adjustment to specific
development contexts for each community, taking more integrated approach
to development, alongside the dominant economic, active citizens involvement,
integrating the concept of sustainable development and the establishment
of lasting social infrastructure for continuous monitoring and evaluation
in developmentally vulnerable communities in Croatia.
Community Development; Sustainable Development; Developmentally Vulnerable Communities; Regional Development; Regional Policy